Georgia Senate OKs bill to block governor from closing churches, businesses during emergency
ATLANTA — The Georgia Senate voted to approve one of several bills aimed at reining in the powers governors have during a public emergency. Senate Bill 200 would allow churches to continue to hold all services and activities during a declared state of emergency. Businesses also would be able to operate as long as they meet safety protocols as established by the governor. The measure passed 29-19. State Sen. Jason Anavitarte, a Republican and the bill’s sponsor, said a public emergency shouldn’t overrule Georgians’ ability to gather and worship — or continue to run their businesses. Senate Demo...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Boeing CEO gave up millions in pay last year, though future stock awards loom large
With Boeing in crisis due to the grounding of the 737 MAX and the coronavirus pandemic's hit to air travel, chief executive Dave Calhoun chose last March to forgo his base salary for the rest of the year and his annual incentive bonus for 2020, leaving aside $3.6 million that he could have taken. With that, his direct take-home pay last year was just over $269,000 (his base salary up to March 20), according to a Boeing regulatory filing Friday. Adding the value of standard personal benefits for Boeing executives — including the use of aircraft and limousines for personal travel, life insurance...
The Seattle Times
Amazon’s telehealth arm quietly expands to 21 more states
An Amazon telehealth outfit that started as a pilot service for Seattle-area employees and their families has quietly filed paperwork to operate in 21 more states, a signal of Amazon’s expanding ambitions for the $3.8 trillion medical sector. The service, Amazon Care, launched a year ago as an app providing on-demand chat and video consultations with medical professionals for Amazon’s then-54,000 Puget Sound employees. Users can also book in-person visits at their home or office with clinicians. Payment for the service routes through Amazon.com. In recent weeks Amazon Care has incorporated in ...
The Seattle Times
As Illinois weed sales boom, cannabis industry faces growing movement to unionize
CHICAGO — The Illinois weed industry, fresh off surpassing $1 billion in revenue during its first year of recreational marijuana sales, may already be facing its “Norma Rae” moment of union awakening. Seeking higher pay, career advancement and better protection from the COVID-19 pandemic, cannabis workers from Chicago to Springfield have begun to unionize, planting a seed that could reshape the fast-growing marijuana labor landscape. “The industry has unfortunately just provided jobs, and not the well-paying careers that we all thought cannabis was going to generate,” said Moises Zavala, direc...
Pistons buy out Blake Griffin's contract; he becomes free agent
DETROIT — The Pistons and Blake Griffin announced last month that they would be parting ways. It's official now. The two sides have agreed on a buyout from the last year-plus of Griffin's contract, a league source confirmed to The Detroit News on Friday morning. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report the buyout agreement. The move allows Griffin to become a free agent after he presumably clears waivers and to look for another team to finish this season. He'll look to resurrect a career that has been bludgeoned by injuries, but he still can help a contending team. Griffin, who had knee s...
The Detroit News
Ford begins early production of not-yet-announced small pickup truck
A new pickup truck from Ford Motor Co. quietly began rolling off assembly lines at the Dearborn automaker's Hermosillo plant in Mexico last month, according to production data reported to shareholders this week. The news was first reported by CNBC. The new product — dubbed "C-Pick Up" and expected to be called "Maverick" — appeared in a plant-by-plant production report accompanying the automaker's monthly U.S. sales figures. The truck is being produced at the same plant where Ford's new Bronco Sport is built. According to the production data, just 21 C-Pick Up units were built last month. Ford...
The Detroit News
Cuomo accuser Charlotte Bennett speaks out, shares details of sexual harassment allegations
ALBANY, N.Y. — A former aide accusing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of harassment and asking her questions about her sex life is revealing more details about her encounter — and says she has spoken to other women who endured similar treatment from the governor. Charlotte Bennett sat down for her first television interview Thursday with “CBS Evening News,” telling anchor Norah O’Donnell that Cuomo “implied to me that I was old enough for him and he was lonely.” Bennett, 25, first came forward with her claims over the weekend, alleging that the governor asked her inappropriate questions about her s...
New York Daily News
San Diego Zoo vaccinates apes against COVID-19
Nine great apes at the San Diego Zoo are the first non-human primates to receive an experimental COVID-19 vaccine, zoo officials said Thursday. Four orangutans and five bonobos have been vaccinated so far, with the zoo planning to immunize another three bonobos and a gorilla soon. These species, along with chimpanzees, are the closest cousins to humans, placing them at risk of contracting a virus that has spread rapidly from person to person. Case in point: In mid-January, the zoo's Safari Park reported that its troop of eight gorillas developed COVID-19 after exposure to a keeper who had the ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
LSU banned Les Miles from 1-on-1 contact with female students after 2013 investigation
Kansas football coach Les Miles, during his tenure at LSU, was accused of kissing a female student and texting her and another from his personal phone, leading the school to bar him from being alone with women who were student employees, according to a 2013 LSU investigation that the school released Thursday. The investigation, conducted by an outside law firm on LSU’s behalf, found the coach’s behavior inappropriate, though it did not find that Miles had sexual relationships with the women. Miles, in part, was issued a letter of reprimand and had to sign papers to say he understood sexual har...
The Kansas City Star
Get used to the Cook Out Southern 500. Burgers and BBQ are sticking in NASCAR.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR's race names are typically a mouthful to spotlight sponsors. This year's Cup schedule includes the "Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered By Florida Georgia Line." The Xfinity Series raced the "Beef. It's What's For Dinner 300" at Daytona last month. The Truck Series had the "BrakeBest Brake Pads 159 At Daytona Presented by O'Reilly." But a shorter and more savory name — the Cook Out Southern 500 — will stick around for at least the next few years. Quick service restaurant Cook Out and Darlington Raceway have agreed to a multi-year extension on entitlement for...
The Charlotte Observer